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    I was also accepted into Ringling and SVA. I'm currently attending SVA and I love it.
    I suppose statistics are on Ringlings side for hired after graduation, but SVA's percentage is going up as well.

    Already we've had students accepted into Pixars summer program/internships for the last three straights years. I would definitely go to a school in NY because the location is key for experience. Our program is only getting better and better each year as the demand for this field grows.
    Several recent grads are in places like Dreamworks, Pixar, Bluesky, Psyop, Nathan Love, Framestore, etc.

    Have you applied for scholarships at SVA? I know there's a 6k - 12k scholarship here.
    Our cheapest dorm is I think 9k a year, but you could probably find cheaper housing by renting in the other boroughs (not Manhattan).

    I've already mentioned this to a lot of previous people with the same question but I think location is a lot more important than statistics. Success is really based on the person: how hard you work, how well you are at networking, etc. School and their education will only do so much for you. The experience you need and the knowledge you need to get are in abundance in NYC. You learn the MOST during internships. School education is not the same as real studio education. Every studio does things differently, have different methods and the more you learn in real world method the better you'll be prepped. I've picked up three new applications in a matter of a 1-2 weeks at an internship. At a school it may take half a semester and then you forget because you learn things you don't need to use right away. This is why I think NYC is a better choice. Not the mention the East Coast is starting to expand on feature film business, and you always want to be where the opportunities are just starting up.

    I've already gotten two internships due to recommendations by professors/faculty. One professor hired me for freelance opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by art-of-tennis View Post
    Not to jack OP's topic, but may I ask what you guys do during Hurricane season? I've considered applying at Ringling in the future, but being someone from Michigan, I can't help but think about that.
    Sarasota is relatively safe from hurricanes, by the standards of cities near the water in Florida. Hurricanes tend to hit land either further north in the Gulf or on the Atlantic side of Florida.
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    Quote Originally Posted by art-of-tennis View Post
    Not to jack OP's topic, but may I ask what you guys do during Hurricane season? I've considered applying at Ringling in the future, but being someone from Michigan, I can't help but think about that.
    It's been pretty quiet here for the past four years honestly (which is nice because we got hit pretty good for the four years before that and could use a break). Earlier this year or last year I think there was the possibility that we might be hit. The school would have closed during that time and on campus students forced to evacuate to other places or local shelters, like high schools etc (ironic, considering we're a college... heh). The thing never hit though.

    Hurricane season really isn't that big of a deal unless you're a homeowner or are unfortunate enough to get hit head on by a big storm.
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    Thanks for your opinion!
    I was also thinking about cultural advantages/opportunities I would get if I live in NY

    and I have a question- do I have to know how to use programs like MAYA before the school starts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexisArtist View Post

    and I have a question- do I have to know how to use programs like MAYA before the school starts?
    You don't need to, but I'd recommend it strongly. A lot of students enter computer animation programs only to discover that they don't actually enjoy animating in Maya, and end up wasting a whole lot of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexisArtist View Post
    Thanks for your opinion!
    I was also thinking about cultural advantages/opportunities I would get if I live in NY

    and I have a question- do I have to know how to use programs like MAYA before the school starts?
    You don't. But I took a precollege course to check out if I would be able to do it/enjoy it. Even if Maya is challenging for students, we have students that learn the basics, then use 3D to branch out into 2D work or things like 3D printing/sculpture work.

    Also if anyone is in the city in the coming months, feel free to attend the various events we've got coming up. Here's a still of one of the senior thesis this year. There's a lot of amazing talent this graduating class.

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